The use of indoor plants has been around for eons and it is no wonder with the amazing purifying properties they offer, reducing pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde and benzene.
Of late many people are incorporating plants into their homes as practical decorating items. With all sorts of pots available from standing to hanging, there is sure to be something to match your decor.
Plants in offices are also becoming more popular. They help to bring a feeling of the outdoors in, adding not just greenery but also a feeling of calm.
With a vast array of amazing properties, here are some reasons why you should ensure you have plants in your office space:
They detoxify the air, clearing excess carbon dioxide and putting back oxygen, means you breathe in fresher air
They reduce illness and therefore lower absenteeism in the work-place
They have been known to increase creativity and reduce stress
They brighten up the space, making it more inviting
Plants in the office space have been known to improve employee retention
They control the humidity making the office environment more comfortable
They can induce a feeling of relaxation and may encourage people to be more caring of their environment
They buffer and absorb sounds, so especially in open plan office spaces, can assist with minimising distractions
If you opt for a plant that has a distinctive scent, like lavender, this has been shown to improve accuracy and productivity
So if you are thinking about adding some plants to your workplace, be sure to consider how much natural light they will require (if there are no windows nearby opt for a plant that doesn’t require as much sunlight), how frequently they need to be watered and how much space they require to grow optimally.
Some great office plant options for you to consider include: English Ivy, Bamboo, Aloe Vera, Peace Lily, Boston Fern or the Snake Plant. Start by adding one to your workspace and see if you notice the benefits. Hopefully others will soon follow suit as well!